Holiday of Freedom: Obama’s Seder

Every year, the leader of the free world holds a Passover Seder at the White House. Barack Obama is apparently the only US president to hold Passover in high and meaningful regard, and hence holds an official ceremony marking the holiday.

If there are those still skeptical about the US president’s relation to Passover they are best to recall Obama’s Jerusalem speech last Thursday, in which the he proved that the holiday holds a deep personal significance for him, much exceeding any diplomatic pleasantries aimed at appeasing Israelis and American Jewry.

“It’s a story of centuries of slavery, and years of wandering in the desert,” Obama said of Exodus before an audience of Israeli students, “a story of perseverance amidst persecution, and faith in God and the Torah.


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